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Editorial 07-06-2003 Triumph of Apartheid.alert.gif (618 bytes)

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BACKGROUND

During the late 1950's and the early 1960's  the Colonial  Powers started a massive decolonialization of Africa. Under pressure from leftist arm-chair critics,   not wanting to fight communist- and socialist-inspired so-called independence movements, Britain, France, Belgium and Italy suddenly abrogated their responsibilities towards the developing people of Africa and left Africa almost overnight. "Uhuru!" ("freedom" in Swahili) was the short-lived chant on African lips.  Everyone and everything was and is blamed for the new black leaders' rampant corruption, brutality, incompetence and greed thereafter. Eurocentrists blame the Africans, Afrocentrists blame the Europeans. Whatever the truth,  African leaders were suddenly free from the "colonial yoke", ... and also from any restraints. Aid, in the form of money to fill their private coffers, military hardware to kill off their opponents, and advisers to tell them how to impress the outside world, was in short supply. In many African states, the gap left by the colonial powers was filled by   the Communist Block. It suited Red China and the Soviet Union down to the last AK 47. They grabbed the opportunity with both hands and a wave of Communism and quasi-Communism swept over much of Africa from north to south. The atrocities of the Congo recall vivid images of barbarism and communism brewed up to a primitive, but deadly concoction. Non-communist countries came under threat and started to barricade their borders. Around 1964 this communist wave came to an abrupt halt at the Zambezi.   Rhodesia, Portugal and South Africa were not going to give in to the communist invasion. The first 'border war' had started.  From the tropical forests of Angola and Mocambique to the steaming Zambezi valley, the Portuguese Soldado, the Rhodesian Troopie and the South African Boer stood shoulder to shoulder, determined to defend civilization against barbarism.
And they succeeded. To such a degree, that the communist strategists decided to first take over the Portuguese motherland. With Salazar dead, his heir Caetano proved no match for the machinations of the communist underground. The general-turned-politician Spinola turned out to be the perfect useful idiot, leading the flower revolution of Lisbon, and presiding over the dismantling of Greater Portugal. Her overseas provinces were, without exception, thrown to the wolves in 1974, - the wolves being communist-socialist terrorist movements, literally pulled out from the bush to lord it over a moderately well-off and relatively developed Angola and Mocambique.
And still our comrades-in-arms fought on. Doggedly, virtually surrounded by enemies, on Rhodesia's borders. Until in 1980 there, too, a developed country with a sound economy was handed over to a communist-socialist terrorist organisation by the treacherous British Foreign Office, - aided and abetted by a naive South African government.
The South African 'Boys on the Border', meanwhile, were holding the fort in northern South West Africa and Southern Angola, blissfully unaware of the rot setting in amongst their own hierarchy  behind their backs. Until 1989 they not only pushed the Cuban-backed Swapo terrorists back, but also stabilized the  country and put it firmly on a path which was leading to peaceful, non-communist developement and eventual independence. Then the final betrayal : The implementation of UN Resolution 435, a humiliating disbandment of the indigenous SWA Territiorial Forces, unpunished armed intimidation by the terrorists, a fraudulent election and the shameful acquiescence to another communist-socialist regime in Windhoek.
This column is dedicated to those brave men and women, who fought and also died to defend the honour of their God, countries and people. The tragic history of post-colonial Africa, its lack of human rights, its economic decline, its physical decay, its wilful destruction and the utter dispair of its abused people has proved, beyond any doubt, that these brave comrades-in-arms were fighting the good fight, that they were right all along.
The nations of South Africa seem to have forgotten the history of Africa. How else is it possible, that the so-called "democracy" of the New South Africa (Azania) is not universally seen for what it really is : A forced-unitary state born of the same twin scourge of Black Africa which has terrorized, and is still terrorizing, all good black and white people of Africa : Barbarism and Communism-Socialism. If we do not want to admit this, for fear of the blood-stained members of the ANC/Communist Regime, let us at least honour those, who sweated and bled to try and save us.

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combr_small.jpg (1593 bytes) A Boer and Farmer doing his stint at the border.The typical 'camper', faithfully serving his time, and more, during his regular stints up at the border. Their role was more important than they themselves may have realized.
COMPOR_small.JPG (1440 bytes)  Young Portuguese servicemen riding convoy through the bush. Lest we forget our friends and allies, who held the fort for so long, giving us so many good years in peace and prosperity.
COMTRP_small.JPG (1788 bytes)  A Rhodesian soldier setting out on patrol. Many Rhodesians, wherever they are (remember, 'Rhodesians never die'?), will recognize themselves in this picture. 

comkast.jpg (15264 bytes) A soldier relaxes after a day's convoy driving. The drivers were in a class of their own. Slogging away hour after hour on some of the worst roads in Africa, even bundu-bashing through virgin bush, these drivers literally kept the wheels of the army running. Fortunately, their fellow-soldiers and many commanders acknowledged this and the mutual respect served to make life easier for all concerned.

COMHAG.JPG (20350 bytes) The air force's luxuries... Wherever the air force went, a certain amount of 'civilization' soon followed. The boys in blue knew how to turn a primitive base into something more appropiate for officers and gentlemen, - and the 'brown jobs' rarely begrudged them their legendary lifestyle, for two reasons : Firstly, they knew very well that it was the Alo gunship and the Puma troop carrier, who got you out when you were screaming and begging for help somewhere in the middle of Angola. Secondly, it was the air force, who flew in the goodies from 'Ondang's', and if you stayed on their right side they could bring something in for you, too.

COMHAG2.JPG (19205 bytes) COM-HAG2.JPG (49853 bytes) Soldiers of 32 Battalion. This famous unit consisted of black Angolan 'Portuguese', who originally followed the founder of the unit, Colonel Jan Breytenbach, out of Angola to the old South West Africa, and white SA officers and NCO's. From the Western Caprivi, where they settled down with their families in a beautiful base called Buffalo on the banks of the Kavango, they sallied forth to do battle against their old enemies, the Mpla of Angola and Swapo of Namibia, - side by side with the South African and South West African soldiers. 32 Bn gained its reputation through old-fashioned discipline, toughness, successes on the battlefield, sheer hard graft, spending  week after week, month after month in the bush, and the fact that it was 32 Bn's men, black and white, more than any other unit, who grace the roll of honour on our  monuments. The black soldiers followed their white officers and NCO's because they might not have been the most exemplary text-book soldiers, but they knew how to die for their country and their unit's honour.


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